Pittsburgh 52, UCF 7 - October 13, 2006 (photos courtesy of Associated Press)
McKillop's 2008 Season to Date: Ranks second nationally in solo stops (tied, 6.50 solos/game), 11th in total tackles (tied, 10.50 tackles/game) and 20th in tackles for loss (tied, 1.38 TFLs/game)...leads the Big East in each of those categories...stat totals for the year include 126 tackles, 16.5 TFLs, four sacks and one INT (returned 18 yards for TD vs. Louisville)...firmly established as one of the nation's top defenders...semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award and Lott Trophy, both presented to the nation's top defensive player...one of "15 Players to Watch" for Walter Camp Player of the Year award...Midseason All-American by CBSSports.com, SI.com, CollegeFootballNews.com, Sporting News Today and Phil Steele...named the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week, FWAA/Bronko Nagurski Player of the Week and The Lott Trophy IMPACT Player of the Week for his performance in Pitt's 26-21 victory at USF (Oct. 2)...collected a team-high 12 tackles - all solo - and had two quarterback sacks, three TFLs and snuffed out a fake field goal against the Bulls...his performance helped limit USF's offense to just 245 yards - 219 below its average...four-time Big East Defensive Player of the Week, including his performances vs. West Virginia, USF, Iowa and Buffalo...had a team-high seven stops and continually stuffed the line vs. WVU (Nov. 28), holding the dangerous Mountaineer rushing attack 74 yards below its average...in Pitt's 21-20 victory over Iowa (Sept. 20) he collected a game-high 10 tackles, was in on three TFLs and had a quarterback sack...also honored for his performance in 27-16 win over Buffalo (Sept. 6) when he had 15 tackles, two QB hurries, one PBU and a TFL...had a season-high 17 tackles vs. Cincinnati, including two TFLs...had 15 tackles with two TFLs at Notre Dame...had 13 stops with two TFLs at Connecticut. Career Highs: Tackles: 18 vs. USF (11/24/07); Sacks: 2 vs. USF (10/2/08); Interceptions: 1 vs. Rutgers (11/17/07) and Louisville (18-yd. TD) (11/8/08)
More on McKillop: Blends intellect, intensity and pure athleticism to be one of the nation's elite linebackers... has been described as a "tackling machine" who is constantly drawn to the action like a magnet...a year ago McKillop was a virtual unknown after serving as an understudy to All-America middle linebacker H.B. Blades for two seasons...took over Blades' starting spot in 2007 and made it his own, leading the entire country in tackles while anchoring the Panthers' nationally ranked defense... was named to four different All-America squads following his breakthrough junior campaign...his national reputation continued to grow this offseason as he was named to virtually every national honors list...will be a strong candidate for college football's most prestigious defensive awards, including the Butkus Award, Bednarik Award, Bronko Nagurski Trophy and Rotary Lombardi Award.
2007: Started all 12 games at middle linebacker while becoming one of the country's most productive defenders... paced the entire country in tackles, averaging 12.58 per game, and ranked second in solos (8.17 avg.)...was the centerpiece of one of Pitt's finest defensive units in recent memory...the Panthers finished fifth nationally in total defense, yielding just 297.67 yards per game...named to four different All-America squads at season's end, including Scout.com (first team), Sports Illustrated (second team), CollegeFootballNews.com (second team) and The Associated Press (third team)...named the Big East Defensive Player of the Year by CollegeFootballNews.com... McKillop finished with 151 total tackles, perhaps none bigger than his effort to stop West Virginia's Steve Slaton on a 4th-and-3 situation late in the fourth quarter of Pitt's 13-9 upset of the Mountaineers...had nine stops overall vs. WVU...collected a career-high 18 tackles and three TFLs vs. USF...also forced a fumble vs. the Bulls...at Rutgers had 16 tackles, 2.5 TFLs and 1.5 sacks, and was responsible for three takeaways by recovering two fumbles and intercepting a pass...Pitt's lone TD was set up by an incredible individual effort by McKillop when he sacked Rutgers QB Jabu Lovelace, forcing a fumble and recovering the loose ball all on the same play...was named Big East Defensive Player of the Week for his Rutgers performance...had 17 stops at Michigan State...had 16 tackles vs. Cincinnati...had 15 tackles at Virginia...had 14 tackles vs. Navy...had 12 tackles and a sack assist vs. Syracuse...had eight tackles vs. Grambling and deflected a pass that was intercepted by Eric Thatcher... made first career start in opener vs. Eastern Michigan and had a team-high eight tackles and a six-yard sack.
2006: Primary backup at middle linebacker...compiled 29 tackles on the season...had a season-high seven tackles at Cincinnati, including five on special teams...teamed with end Joe Clermond to make a key stop on fourth-and-inches in the fourth quarter vs. the Bearcats...coaching staff Special Teams Player of the Game for the Cincinnati contest...had six tackles with a TFL vs. Toledo...had two tackles with a six-yard sack vs. Virginia.
2005: In his first active collegiate season, lettered as the chief backup at middle linebacker...played in all 11 games and had 27 tackles on the season...saw his most extensive playing time at middle linebacker when H.B. Blades went down with an early injury at West Virginia...McKillop came on in relief and collected a season-high 13 stops versus the Mountaineers...had five tackles at Ohio.
2004: Redshirted as a true freshman.
High School: Finished as the most productive defender in Kiski Area history with 332 career tackles...161 career solo stops was also a school record...The Associated Press Pennsylvania Class AAAA All-State Team (first team)...Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Fabulous 22"...Pittsburgh Tribune-Review "Terrific 25"...Harrisburg Patriot-News "Platinum 33"...Valley News All-Star...totaled 132 tackles his senior season...at fullback rushed for 1,121 yards and 14 touchdowns over his final two seasons...helped Kiski Area to three consecutive WPIAL Class AAAA playoff berths...a 21⁄2-year starter, McKillop started on both sides of the ball his junior and senior seasons (linebacker and running back)...rated the No. 20 overall prospect in Pennsylvania by Rivals.com...rated the nation's No. 31 outside linebacker prospect by Rivals.com...rated the No. 24 prospect in Pennsylvania by SuperPrep...SuperPrep All-Northeast Team...PrepStar All-East Region...played under Coach Dave Grimm...selected to play in the Big 33 Football Classic...earned three letters in football, three in wrestling and two in track and field...enjoyed an exceptional wrestling career...finished his senior season as the state runner-up (215-pound division) with a 38-1 record...went 79-2 his last two years and had a career mark of 109-10...41-1 mark as a junior was the winningest season ever by a Kiski wrestler...advanced to the WPIAL track and field championships in the shot and discus...Honor Roll...National Science Merit Award... member of the Pride Club, German Club and Wrestling Club.
Personal: Scott Kenneth McKillop, born 3/4/86, is the son of Robert and Monika McKillop...has two brothers, including Chris, who was a defensive lineman at Pitt from 2003-07...brother Robert was a heavyweight wrestler at Slippery Rock University...graduated this past April with a bachelor's degree in business-marketing...currently pursuing a second degree in administration of justice... worked as an intern with the Pittsburgh Pirates, serving the Major League Baseball franchise in its special events department.
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